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By Jim Downard
So I don’t believe in god or the devil, or anything like that, but I do believe in reincarnation. So, would that make me an atheist or no??
That’s a good question. The short answer is that a belief in reincarnation is not automatically an endorsement of gods (or “devils”, whatever they are), and so you can believe in reincarnation and be an atheist too. I’ve mentioned this before in conjunction with whether being an atheist rules out belief in an afterlife (which doesn’t necessarily require supernatural gods either). Nor is an afterlife a given even when it comes to the beliefs of religions.
Now it is more typical for atheists and agnostics to be more skeptical of afterlives (especially when the current neuroscience is included, which make incorporeal spirits a problematic concept), and so reincarnation would be in that “might be nice if it were true, but the evidence for it is very problematic” category.
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